Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Known as the tenth muse, Sor [Sister] Juana Inés de la Cruz appears on the colonial Latin-American scene as a genius of Hispanic letters [1]. Unlike the majority of other women writers of the seventeenth century and before, she was highly praised and published during her lifetime, and, in the 20th and 21st centuries, she continues to be one of the most canonized authors of Hispanic literature as well as an inspiration to many novelists, poets, dramatists, and filmmakers. Sor Juana’s ability as a child prodigy and her high level of reading and study of all the sciences of her day, including classical rhetoric, put her into a class very different from that of the average nun. Although she lived in viceregal …

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Citation: Wray, Grady C. . "Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 June 2008 [, accessed 25 September 2023.]

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